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June 12 declaration, award is a Greek gift to pacify Yoruba, says IPOB

President Muhamamdu Buhari presents the GCFR award to Abiola's eldest son.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the re­cent declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by Mu­hammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria in honor of late MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of 1993 presidential election.

It described the pronouncement as a Greek gift targeted at pacify­ing the Yoruba after its failure to checkmate its (IPOB) activities, which remains the authentic voice of the people of the East.

In a statement issued through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB maintained that the posthumous award was a clever but desperate attempt by “Arewa agents of neo-colonialism to drive a wedge between the bur­geoning understanding between the East and West.”

It wondered why the same peo­ple that detained and killed Abiola would turn around to reward him with a posthumous award, if not for next year’s general elections.

“It appears there is no length the present Buhari Administration will not go in its futile quest to count­er IPOB agitation for a sovereign independent nation of Biafra.

“After another resoundingly successful 30th of May sit-at-home order from IPOB, it came to us as no surprise when Arewa north moved to pac­ify the Yorubas by declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day.

“Since it has clearly dawned on them that IPOB is the authentic voice of the people of the East, thereby rendering their slaves in Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Governors’ lodges in the South East impotent, their next best move is to gain the confidence of the West in order to checkmate the ris­ing influence of those that have come to forge an alliance strong enough to rattle the status quo.

“Our successful sit at home order in 2017 prompted Arewa Consultative Forum to direct their youths to issue Igbos residing in the North with a quit notice. This culminated in a brutal military in­vasion of the home of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu sanctioned by Nnia Nwodo’s Ohanaeze and South East governors in what they termed Operation Python Dance. They came to kill, maim and ‘crush’ IPOB for good.

“An equally devastatingly success­ful May 30th, sit-at-home called by IPOB in 2018 have sent shockwaves to the ruling cabals in the north that IPOB not Ohanaeze Ndigbo or Igbo governors, are the true representa­tives of the people of the East.

“As with the clamour for re­structuring, it can now also be confidently stated without fear of contradiction that this overriding need to checkmate IPOB is the sole reason behind the June 12 Democ­racy Day announcement by Aso Rock. A cynical move designed to truncate any East/West alliance or understanding with regards to a renegotiated Nigeria before 2019,” part of the statement read.